World’s second-deadliest snake is found lurking in a pile of dirty clothes inside a family’s laundry room
- An Eastern Brown snake was found in a laundry basket on the Sunshine Coast
- Snake catcher Stuart McKenzie said the family were lucky they didn’t touch it
- The species is responsible for most deaths caused by snake bites in Australia
A family narrowly escaped being bitten by a highly-venomous eastern brown snake after it was found hiding in a basket of dirty laundry.
Stuart McKenzie from Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers was called to the Warana home, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast on Tuesday.
He told Daily Mail Australia the family was ‘lucky’ they found the reptile as they had nearly put their hands on him.
A family narrowly escaped disturbing a highly venomous Eastern Brown snake (pictured) after it was found hiding in a basket of dirty laundry
‘I went in and grabbed him and caught him straight away,’ Mr McKenzie said.
‘He was blocked in and all he wanted to do was get away from me.’
Mr McKenzie said it wasn’t unusual for an Eastern Brown to be found in the area due to sand dunes nearby.
The snake was relocated in the bush after he was removed from the home.
‘Remember to keep your doors, windows and screen doors shut and make sure there are no gaps under them so snakes cant get inside your home,’ Mr McKenzie wrote on Facebook.
Social media users were shocked at the ‘small’ reptile and how it got into the how.
‘Omg, exactly [how] small? I would have a heart attack,’ one person commented on the Facebook post.
Another said snakes were the reason they would never leave New Zealand.
Stuart McKenzie told Daily Mail Australia the family was ‘lucky’ they found the reptile as they had nearly put their hands on him (stock)
Eastern brown snakes: Australia’s deadliest snake breed
– The eastern brown snake is the species most responsible for deaths caused by snake bites in Australia.
– Although they are dangerous, they will always try to avoid a confrontation and will only attack as a last resort if they are threatened.
-They are native to eastern Australia, but can be found anywhere between the coast to the central desert.
-It inhabits a wide range of habitats but is particularly prevalent in open grasslands, pastures and woodland, and they help farmers reduce rodents.
-They may exceed two metres in length and, on hot days, can move at surprising speed.
-Colour can range from uniform tan to grey or dark brown while their bellies can be cream, yellow or pale orange with darker orange spots.
-The females produce clutches of up to 30 eggs in late spring or early summer.
Source: Australian Reptile Park